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arup

Member since May 2007 • Last active May 2018

Independent bicycle wheel builder since 2004. Rides audax. Teaches yoga and does web dev.

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  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    I had 290mm and 294mm spokes leftover so laced them quickly.
    290mm are too short, 294mm are too long.

    I could trim these (294) down for you if you're in the Walthamstow E17 area tomorrow. Have spoke cutting and threading tool at Racer Rosa shop. 10p a spoke.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    There's a guy on ebay called Ryan who cuts spokes to length so you should be able to get 295mm.

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    If you want proper step by step instructions then it's £150.00 for the day and you get my full attention all day. I have a set of YouTube tutorials as well. Also, if you don't want to shell out a load of notes then I offer a 'follow along' kind of deal for free. Basically, come and watch me build wheels, ask questions etc. But I won't be explaining or demonstrating or slowing things down. So that could be an option.

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    I'm doing mainly one-to-one classes at the moment, held at Racer Rosa bicycles in Walthamstow. It was nice to have groups of 3-4 but ended up being difficult to organise. I can also come to you.

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  • in Rides & Races
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    Just checked my results page on AUK and my Isle of Wight perm has been validated. Woo hoo. That brings me up to 39 points so just one more to go for 40@40. Still on course for a double parallel rrty but still have another 7 months of doubles to go. Flatlands next and a chance to try out my new Carradice Super C rack pack. And a 600 on fixed.

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    Here is the route that I used. http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=mfvu­hhfjyibesuys


    Didn't do a route check before the ride but aside from one or two nasty intersections it's pretty much all lanes and has lots of long steady descents. The island isn't too hilly but is lumpy in that even though the climbs aren't challenging there are lots of them. Views are amazing and it's clockwise so if you manage to get there early enough you can follow the sun. The sunset from Yarmouth was quite spectacular. Probably why we missed the ferry. On the way down it passes via the same 'cheese on toast' cafe that was used on the Cogidubnus ride.

    There is a lot of building work going on at Portsmouth Harbour so can be confusing. Don't go this weekend though as there is a big scooter rally going on.

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    Rode a DIY perm on Wednesday from mine to the Isle of Wight and then round the island. Rode with a friend who was keen to go along the coastal route and that made it massively over distance for a 200 at 238km. For some reason I hadn't taken this into account and the extra time for the ferry. So it was more like 15hours. Missed the last train from Portsmouth. My friend got a room and I decided to ride back through the night. Used the return leg of the Cogidubnus which was still on my Etrex. Quite a hilly route but it was a pleasantly warm night with close to zero traffic. Lack of food and drink made it harder. Going to submit my track but pretty sure that it won't validate. Ah well. Lovely ride though.

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